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February, 1979 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 15 L.U.R.C. holds The Jan. 24th meeting of the Maine md Use Regulation Commission (LURC) as held in Machias to receive arguments ,r and against two applications for weir ;rmits. Applications had been filed by avid Turner, representing the Mead Cor- ration of Eastport and by Alger Pike of jbec, a longtime weir operator. The " earl Corporation and Pike have asked ,r permits to construct weirs in the oose Cove area of Trescott. The public hearing became a lively scussion of fishing problems and the ore than 250 fishermen in attendance ere concerned as to why another gov- nment agency was involved in their =siness. The Maine Land Use Commis- Jn has permit issuance responsibility ,er the unorganized townships in Maine kd approximately 3,390 coastal islands id ledges in Maine not government own- i or tax-exempt islands. Both fish weir were for a portion of Tres- tt's shore. Trescott and Edmunds are e only unorganized coastal townships Washington County. Tom Radsky of LURC's Development d Review Division outlined the four tsic criteria LURC uses in its review pro- ss: one, the technical and financial dlity of the applicant to "develop and )crate a project; two, the circulation of affic in the area of study; three, the way" ,e project fits into the environment in = rms of other uses such as scenic, histor- public hearing on fish weir applications ical or other fishing or recreation activi- Maynard Morrison of Perry, an opera- ligratory habits f eels studied A University of Maine at Orono zoolo- t has just returned from a year in Eng- ld where he has worked with British entists as part of hisresearch on the gratory habits of eels. Dr. James D. McCleave feels that eels ; a ready source of Tesearch in Maine tere virtually every fiver has an eel pulation. The UMO researcher believes t eels are under-utilized in the United ites and cited the export market exist- ; to Japan for young eels which the aanese use to stock farm ponds. His :earch data is provided to Maine export- :of live eels. WANTED Will Pay Top Prices for Roll Top Desks Round Oak Tables China Closets - Comodes Marble Top Furniture Old Chairs - Hall Trees Any type of old Beds ' (brass, wood etc.) Rugs Oil Paintings - Picture Frames Sterling Silver Glassware of any kind Old Dolls - Old Toys Wood Stoves - Tools Nautical Items or Anything Old One Item or a Houseful Will come at your convenience. Call Collect or Write Eastern Antiques P.O. BOX 721 ELLSWORTH, MAINE 04605 TEL. 667-4033 ties; four, the soils and typography. Turner, who received approval from LURC this fall to construct weirs in Sandy Cove (Trescott) and in Bailey's Mistake said Mead Corporation needed the weir "to protect our investment" in the herr- ing industry and as the largest Eastport employer. Pike, who is considering a weir in Moose Cove, descn'bed his experience with weirs dating back to the 1920's when he built and disposed of 12 weirs in Lubec and watched the town's canneries decline. Pike financed weirs in Moose Cove in the late1940's to the 50's and then abandon- ed them for economic reasons. "There's a bonanza out there", said Pike of the present herring stock, bringing $100 a hogshead, up $30 from two years ago. Pike wants to preserve his fights in Moose Cove where he has invested $40,000. Throughout the hearing, fishermen from Eastport to Dyers Bay, and officials and commissioners debated conflicts between fixed gear and mobile gear fishing, prob- lems in licensing enforcement of existing laws and confusion over who has author- ity to do what. tor of several weirs and seiners, expressed concern that the weirs can be a hazard to navigation. Morrison cited the fact that when a weir permit is issued the operator is supposed to take out a bond. This has not always been done. The purpose of the bond is to assure that the weir will be maintained and not abandoned. Whena weir is abandoned, the owner is required to remove the stakes and take them ashore. The group of fishermen in attend- ance at the meeting agreed that many times the weirs are just abandoned-caus- ing a serious hazard. Morrison said "if the $500 bond, weir owners pay towns for the weir pirvileges was raised and the law enforced so weirs were removed when not used, the situation of broken stakes tearing nets which makes for several days mending" could be averted. Radsky of LURC's Development and Review Division said a review of the en- tire oral and written testimony on the weir applications will be made by the commissioners before a final decision is reached on one or both of the applica- tions at the commissioners March meet- ing. Whiting girl on Dean's List at Westbrook College Susan Gagnon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Gagnon of Whiting, a Fresh- man with Honors, has been named to the Dean's List at Westbrook College for the fall semester of the 1978-79 Academ- ic year, according to Richard F. Bond, Dean of the College. She is a graduate of Washington Academy, 1978. Public hearing on Revenue Sharing funds in Whiting Feb. 12 A public hearing for the proposed use of federal revenue-sharing funds will be held at the Whiting Town Hall on Mon- day, February 12 at 7 p.m. The purpose will be to allow towns- people to provide the opportunity to provide written or oral comments and suggestions on possible uses of the fol- lowing amount of federal revenue-sharing money: $3,528 as of Jan. 23. 1979, and a balance due for the period covering Oct. I, 1978 to Sept. 30, 1979 of $2,814. 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